Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 frame practice

We're learning the difference between decade numbers and teen numbers this week like SixTY versus sixTEEN. We're also working on representing and writing 2 digit numbers. We used 10 frames to help organize and represent our thinking. We found out that sixTY is 6 tens ( t, t, Ty equals t, t tens) and sixTEEN is 1 ten and 6 ones.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mr. Thompson's video

Each month, Milt Thompson, our superintendent has been creating a video blog (vlog) entitled “Thompson Talks”. October’s topic was liking oneself. Embedded below you will find his vlog in case you are interested in watching yourself. The message was powerful and our class had a very good discussion about topic after watching.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Global leaf project

Today we went out and collected some phenomenally beautiful leaves from our playground for our Global Leaf Exchange project. We have received leaves from Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Maine so far. 
As each new letter arrives, we have been locating the states on the map using clues such as: this state is east of Wisconsin or this state is in the north western United States. This has been a great way for us to prepare for our map unit later in the year. We also have been putting the leaves and letters from each class on a map in the hallway for all to enjoy. Check it out next time you're in the building.
After we came back in with our leaves, we used an app called Leaf Snap to identify the leaves we found. We had some glitches but for the most part we were able to find out what type of leaves we had found. The app also shows you what the bark of that tree looks like, the flowers and fruit. It was neat to see the kids make connections such as "oh... I have those helicopters in my yard" and then realize that the leaf that they were holding was from that tree.

Today we will be working on writing our letters to the other participating classes in the project, laminating our leaves, and stuffing our envelopes so we can send our leaves on a new journey across the United States

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

a picture is worth a 1000 words...

Well, so they say. Sorry if you checked the blog this week and only saw the picture. My guess is that you weren't quite sure what you were looking at.

This week we wrapped Module 2 by studying measurement, specifically measuring with non-standard units such as paper clips, connecting links, cubes, and even cubits. You'll have to ask your child what a cubit is. :-)
A good portion of our learning revolved around the correct way to measure. We had a little song and hand action to help us remember the 2 important pieces: "no gaps, no overlaps" Have your child tell you about what that means, and sing our little ditty to you. 
We also discussed how even though we were measuring the same object (a stapler for example) that the measurements were different depending on what we used to measure with. For example we had  much larger number when measuring with paper clips versus our connecting links. We had a great discussion about why that happens and set the groundwork for measuring with standard units in the near future.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fire Safety week

We are starting to talk about Fire Safety as part of our Health curriculum. Today we watched the video above from BrainPop Jr as part of lesson. If you'd like to watch at home to review the information with your child, please just click on the image abaove and enter the Glenbrook username and password. If you are not sure of the username and password, please  send me an email or note and I will get it to you. I am not able to post it online for all to see.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mystery reader

We had a mystery reader today! Mrs Miller came today with vegetables from her garden and read the story, Tops and Bottoms to us. Ask your child about the story and how the Hare tricked Bear.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Number lines and counting on

As you know, we have been working on the counting on strategy during math over the past week. Today we focused on counting on on a number line up to 20. After doing a couple of problems together on the SMARTboard, I wanted to give everyone a chance to actively participate, so we took out our iPads and used the free app, Number Line. For each problem, students circled our starting number, made their "bunny hops" for counting on and then showed the mathematical number sentence by writing it above their work.  Using this app kept everyone involved and engaged in our learning and in my opinion, truly helped us to grab onto the concept as we were able to visually represent it and then use that representation to create our number sentences.

Literacy Apps and Websites for your K-2 child

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For those not able to attend our Fall Literacy Night, please feel free to click on the image above to see several apps and websites that you may find helpful for your K-2 children.